TAMARIND AND APPLICATION AREAS
Tarmarind uses in herbal tea for reducing malaria fever. Due to its medicinal value, tamarind is used as an Ayurvedic Medicine for gastric and/or digestion problems.
Tamarind is used most frequently in tamarind juice, which is a natural coolant for the body and enjoyed by many during these hot Caribbean days.
The pulp is used for making sauces, curries and beverages. It cures dysentery and boils on human skin.
A preparation from the seed is useful for sizing cotton, woolens and jute fabrics and dying silk.
The seed oil serves as a varnish for toys, dolls, idols. Tamarind is used in cases of gingivitis and asthma and eye inflammations; and lotions and poultices made from the bark are applied on open sores and caterpillar rashes.
The tamarind powdered seeds are made into a paste for drawing boils and, with or without cumin seeds and palm sugar, are prescribed for chronic diarrhea and dysentery.
The leaves are some times used in subacid infusions, and a decoction is said to destroy worms in children, and is also useful for jaundice, and externally as a wash for sore eyes and ulcers.
Tamarind pulp, being rich in vitamin C, is valuable in preventing and curing scurvy.
It is significant that tamarind does not lose its antiscorbutic property on drying as in case of other fruits and vegetables.
Tamarind crushed with water and made into a poultice, the leaves are applied on inflamed joints and ankles. It reduces swelling and pain.